The Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son in the Visual Arts: Models of Compassion and Redemption



Date(s) - 03/03/2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son are two of the Bible’s most arresting stories, yet they have a checkered history. Before 1500, they were very rarely illustrated, and then they inspired a rich and steady stream of works by artists of outstanding skill and insight. This pair of talks examines a small sample of these images and the striking range of ways they treat the themes of mercy, charity, wrongdoing and forgiveness.

Rembrandt, Self Portrait as the Prodigal Son, oil on canvas, ca. 1635. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden. Image from The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Click the image to view their website.


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